Most Expensive Holiday in the World

At a hefty price tag of £1 million, this is probably the world’s most expensive travel package and a once in a lifetime experience that will remain a dream for the average joe.

What’s the deal?
The ultimate journey will last for 2 years and cover 150 countries and 962 World Heritage locations including Mexico’s ancient city of Monte Alban, India’s sensational Taj Mahal, Jordon’s symbol the Petra, Cambodia’s exotic Angkor temples, Spain’s Moorish Alhambra, Egypt’s Great Pyramids, China’s enchanting Forbidden City, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Iran’s Pasargadae, Libya’s Leptis Magna and Peru’s Machu Picchu sitting 8.000 ft above sea level.
world heritage Monte Alban Taj Mahal Petra Angkor Moorish Alhambra Egypt Pyramids Forbidden City Great Barrier Reef Pasargadae Leptis Magna Machu Picchu

Travel In style with business class as a minimum standard and luxurious hotel stays including Barbados’ Sandy Lane, Paris’ Hotel George V, New York’s The Plaza, Mumbai’s The Taj Mahal Palace, Venice’s Cipriani Hotel and Moscow’s The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
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You can bring a partner for free

For the record, one Chinese student and an Italian businessman have already signed up to embark on this 2 year adventure. Yes, you’ve remembered right. The cost is £1 million!!

Watch this space in 2 years’ time for more updates!

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Blown Away – Iceland Top 5 Attractions

Words alone does this country no justice to convey the visual treats and mind boggling experiences. Indeed, seeing is believing. Here are my top 5 picks and directions / co-ordinates to get there.

#1 – Geysir Hot Springs
Iceland top attractions geysir hot spring strokkur lil geysir mud pots erupts golden circle
Iceland is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world due to its high rate of volcanic activity. Be entranced by the Strokkur which erupts every 5 mins and spouts hot water up to 20m high! There are also more than 40 other little hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles nearby.

Here’s the big blast that sent everyone screaming! Wish I had an umbrella.

How to get to Geysir Hot Springs
Take road no. 1 from Reykjavík. Just before you arrive at Selfoss take exit to road no. 35 to Geysir. Geysir is about 60 km from that exit.
GPS: N64°18.591 W20°18.057

#2 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Iceland top attractions jokulsarlon glacier lagoon ice bergs skaftafell
This natural wonder evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean (also the movie set for James Bond, Tomb Raider and Batman!). While most ice bergs in the lagoon are majestic and incredibility blue, explore those by the shore and be surprised to find some exceptionally clear ice bergs. Plus, if you are lucky, you might just spot a seal!

How to get to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Take road no. 1 from Vík direction Höfn. About 57 km east of Skaftafell you will find the Glacier Lagoon by road no.1
GPS: N64°02.904 W16°10.774

#3 – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Iceland top attractions seljalandsfoss famous waterfall selfoss
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. What sets it apart from all it’s Icelandic buddies is that you can actually walk behind this magnificent 60m high picturesque waterfall. Did you know that Seljalandsfoss was also featured in the Amazing Race 6!

How to get to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Take road no. 1 from Selfoss heading towards Vík. After about 22 km from Hvolsvöllur, take the exit to road no. 249 to Þórsmörk and travel about 0.5km. You will see Seljalandsfoss from road no. 1
GPS: N63°36.966 W19°59.572

#4 – Lake Myvatn
Iceland top attractions  myvatn lake winter geysir bread
It is almost surreal how a humongous body of immensely blue water and in the midst of vast, barren and almost uninhabited land, alongside the area’s strong sulphuric pungent smell, can captivate one’s heart. A must try in this area is the Geysir bread which is slow baked underground by natural geothermal heat, even in Winter!

How to get to Lake Myvatn
Take road no. 1 from Akureyri heading towards Mývatn and Egilsstaðir. Mývatn is by road no. 1 about 98 km from Akureyri
GPS: N65°38.681 W16°54.902

#5 – Myvatn Nature Baths
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This, in winter, is absolute heaven. Relax those muscles as you soak yourself in the 40°C natural pool of geothermal water based in the middle of a lava field. Those staying within the Golden Circle could visit the Blue Lagoon instead, although do take note that the Blue Lagoon is more commercialized and crowded, as such the overall experience will be different.

How to get to Myvatn Nature Baths
Take road no. 1 from Reykjahlid heading towards Egilsstadir. After 3km, exit right by the sign “Jardbodin” and follow the road to Myvatn Naturebaths.
GPS: N65°37.500 W16°50.520

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Iceland Winter Self Drive – Survived!

Iceland, often described as the land of fire and ice, is truly magical, unforgettable and unpredictable. Talk about extremes, this country will leave you more mind boggled than you can ever imagine. I would consider the winter self drive experience one of the most extreme (and crazy) adventures I have ever embarked on. If you are planning for a winter drive in the northern hemisphere, read on to see what you are in for.

Always check the road conditions
The weather in Iceland changes faster than a chameleon changes its colour. Sudden impassable roads, countersteering 40m/s winds to 5m/s, poor visibility to bright blue skies, amazing. It is imperative to check the road conditions and plan well before you set off at any point, for your own safety and to avoid any disruptions in your travel plans. See a list of very handy websites below.

Route of advancement
It can’t get any simpler. There is only one main road, aka Route 1 or the Ring Road, which connects the whole of Iceland. Most of the major attractions are along the main road, if not a slight detour away.
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I: Reykjavík to D: Vik (approx 300km / 4hrs)
Enjoy the stress free drive while you can. Roads are relatively wide, well path and sufficiently lit as this stretch, also known as the Golden Circle, is highly commercialized and concentrated with most of the island’s popular tourist attractions such as the Þingvellir National Park (B), Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geyser (C). Roads become more remote as you head away from the city, but that’s also when all the fun begins!
Iceland self drive Reykjavik to Vik golden circle road conditions

Iceland self drive Reykjavik to Vik narrow roads

D: Vik to E: Höfn (approx 270km / 3hrs)
If you enjoy driving, you will absolutely love the scenic stretch along the south coast. We were lucky to have good weather, and it felt almost as though we were on top gear, testing a supercar, roof down, burning desire to floor the engine as we zipped along the bends of absolutely remote and endless roads whilst taking in the mystical landscape of mountains, waterfalls, icelandic sheeps and horses, nature in all shapes, colours and form. It was truely a moment.
Iceland self drive Vik to Hofn mystical landscape

Look out for the all famous unpronounceable and extremely majestic volcano that led to international airspace chaos. Nested so innocently on the luscious green meadows against the clear blue skies with Mýrdalsjökull ice caps in the backdrop, you will be compelled to stop even if you didn’t realize it was Eyjafjallajökull.
Iceland self drive Vik to Hofn eyjafjallajokull volcano myrdalsjokull ice caps attraction

E: Höfn to F: Egilsstaðir (approx 185km / 3hrs)
The East Fjords is the turning point of intensity – transit from the green lowlands into the darkside of a largely infertile terrain of highland moors and coastal gravel deserts. There are lots of intricate roads and converging lanes, especially the river crossings, so do make it a point to decipher all the new road signs that come your way.
Iceland self drive Hofn to Egilsstaoir empty roads terrain tunnels mountains meadows

Who would have thought that landscape could change so drastically. Apart from the icelandic sheeps and horses, the greens became gravel, blue skies became grey, roads became more icy, very narrow and extremely bendy as we entered deeper into the Eastern zone. It was certainly intimidating to drive through the towering mountains and scary to drive for miles without passing any cars…
Iceland self drive Hofn to Egilsstaoir East Fjords coastal gravel roads

Iceland self drive Hofn to Egilsstaoir winter driving conditions

Driving soon became absolutely nerve wreaking as we had zero experience with such extreme road conditions. Sweaty palms, thumping hearts, you name it, we had it. Stay very focus to remain on track to avoid an overturn (apparently quite common, and we personally witnessed one along the way). It almost felt as though we were on a James Bond adventure.
Iceland self drive Hofn to Egilsstaoir winter road conditions snow rent a 4WD

Here’s a short clip of the evil roads conditions

F: Egilsstaðir to G: Mývatn (approx 170km / 2hrs)
Driving conditions remained harsh. We made sure to set out earlier than planned.
Iceland self drive Egilsstaoir to Myvatn lake driving conditions

Skirting around the clift edges of the extremely bendy and icy North East coast.
Iceland self drive Egilsstaoir to Myvatn icy North East Coast drive along the narrow and bendy roads

The visibility was so bad at certain points that we had to take a leap of faith to rely purely on the GPS to prepare us for any bends ahead. It was crazy. Absolutely crazy. And very dangerous.
Iceland self drive Egilsstaoir to Myvatn poor visibility winter road conditions blizzard

Here’s another clip of the road conditions while crossing the mountains and how erratic the weather can be, plus, what it feels like to cross paths with another vehicle!

G: Mývatn to H: Varmahlíð (approx 200km / 2.5hrs)
I am not sure how fear and desire can co-exist. We feared the weather and the road conditions, yet we desired to explore more. The beauty of the west region is just nature in its rawest form. There is just something magical about Iceland that keeps you so passionate.
Iceland self drive Myvatn to Varmahlio mountainous driving conditions

Driving remained stressful. In addition to the mountainous drive and wind shear factor, snow was excessive and more roads became completely impassable as the day progressed. Nevertheless, the landscape remained ever so breathtaking. Despite the frostbites, I had to get down to take a picture!
Iceland self drive Myvatn to Varmahlio winter road conditions impassible roads excessive snow

It was truely spectacular to see meanders, lakes and waterfalls exist under extreme sub zero conditions, makes you seriously wonder what kind of geothermal activity exists below grounds.
Iceland self drive Myvatn to Varmahlio lakes rivers geothermal activity snow

And as we continued on, we came pass a magnificent towering suspension bridge, right in the midst of vast and barren land. Completely surreal.
Iceland self drive Myvatn to Varmahlio suspension bridge vast barren land converging lane

H: Varmahlíð to I: Reykjavík (approx 300km / 3.5hrs)
The blizzard was catching up with us from the East. Driving conditions remain tough and we made sure to set out even earlier for our last leg and skipped all the attractions along the way. Our objective was simple. We wanted to get back to Reykjavík in one piece, and before the sun sets.
Iceland self drive Akureyri to Reykjavik harsh winter road conditions

Finally, normal roads – road conditions that the layman are more familiar with. It kinda felt like we were back from outter space. Travel in style through the impressive state of art tunnel that runs below sea level to cross back to Reykjavík.
Iceland self drive Akureyri to Reykjavik underground tunnel GPS

Near death experience
Like what most travellers experience, we got stuck. Our tires got trapped in the thick and fresh snow while climbing midway up an extremely narrow and bendy 45 degree mountainous track on the way to Egilsstaðir. It was a very frightening near death experience – there was no soul in sight within miles, no street lamps in place, and darkness was falling. Our minds went seriously wild – survival instincts kicked in – blankets? Water?? Wild boars???

Remember the emergency hotline 112
Our only saving grace was reception. We dialled the Icelandic emergency line 112 to seek rescue, and until this day, we remain grateful to the local volunteers of 112 who gallantly made their way to us so quickly. These good samaritans are extremely skilled people who help purely out of a kind heart in their free time and do not get paid or expect anything in return. They back tracked our drive and dropped us at a safety point where they then re-programmed our GPS for a safer alternate route to Egilsstaðir. Please avoid driving at night if you can. This is the detour that we took, and it was absolutely horrifying – we had no idea what was beyond the side skirts. Yes, ignorance is bliss.

The best way to enjoy Iceland is definitely by self driving around the island. It gives you the flexibility to indulge in the picturesque and evolving landscape and to uncover the hidden gems in the vast and remote lands beyond Reykjavík. Be marvelled at how the landscape changes within every few hours of drive. But beware, and be prepared, that driving by itself can be an extreme adventure, particularly during winter, and more so for those who are unfamiliar with rough winter road conditions. It is extremely vital, and for your own safety, that you rent a 4X4 should you intend to drive during Winter. I recommend at least 7 days for a comfortable drive around the island. Once completed, buy yourself a memorabilia that states “I survived Iceland”. Most importantly, please donate generously if you come across any 112 fund raisers.

Very handy websites
Icelandic Road conditions and weather:
Icelandic Met Office:
112 Emergency Team:

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